Skeena Estuary

Evidence of Massive Spray along Skeena River CN Rail Line

 Photos taken September 23rd to 25th 2017 along Skeena River

between Terrace and Prince Rupert

Spray within 5 meters of the Skeena on riprap which drains directly into salmon habitat.

 

More spray on rip rap directly adjacent to Skeena salmon habitat and spray evidenceed by dead spruce needles

Sprayed vegetation within 5 meters of Shames, Skeena River tributary, near confluence

View of the line of burnt vegetation including high up on conifers

Closeup of burnt conifer needles and alder leaves with green needles and leaves where spray did not hit.

Dead alder near the train vs green alder across the road where spray did not hit. In most places along this stretch the heavy rainfall in the area is carried away in culverts from ditches along the rail line directly into the Skeena salmon habitat.

The spray did not stop 5 meters away from fish bearing creeks. This is Aberdeen and it looks like spraying might have continued right across the water.

Another view of sprayed vegetation on either side of Aberdeen Creek. Burnt dead alder leaves and conifer needles.

 

Sprayed vegetation right over water flowing into salmon habitat on one side of the CN rail line by North Pacific Cannery near Port Edward (the other side of this part of the rail is right along the Skeena. The photo of the small conifer burnt by spray and directly above flowing water in a ditch is at Inverness Channel, "critical salmon habitat

Here you can see the burnt needles high on the tree where the spray hit them and the sprayed vegetation going right to the high water mark of the Inverness Channel.

Here one can see alders with dead leaves where the spray reached and green  leaves elsewhere (Inverness)

Salmonberry bushes dead where spray hit them and spray going over running water ditch near Inverness.

Line of dead vegetation within 5 meters of Port Edward harbour water (this photo was at low tide)

Longer view of line of dead vegetation along Port Ed harbour at point within 5 meters.

The spray goes right into the city of Prince Rupert. The width on one side is 25 feet from the outside rail. The pavement is the walkway for pedestrians going to the Alaska ferry Terminal and Fairview dock.